Lauriston Farm Limited (www.lauristonfarm.co.uk) is a newly formed Charitable Community Benefit Society which manages the farm’s 210 acres of Demeter certified biodynamic land. It is situated on the Blackwater Estuary in Essex and runs to the sea wall and over the wall into the salt marsh. We are heavily orientated towards conservation as 90% of the farm is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Currently there is a thirty strong herd of Shetland cattle and some two hundred North Ronaldsay sheep. We also have natural bee hives, a small vegetable garden and one acre of woodland. We run educational activities including walks and workshops and have a strong volunteer program and are looking to build the farm community.
We plan to introduce Berkshire pigs and Ixworth chickens as well as cultivating seven acres of permanent pasture for animal feed and vegetables. We are also expanding our social farming activities to include day experiences for adults who have mild to moderate learning difficulties.
The successful candidate will ideally have at least two years practical biodynamic farming experience, especially with animals, and possibly some form of recognised qualification. All the basic agricultural skills such as tractor driving, fencing, water work and livestock husbandry are needed.
Experience of living and working in a Camphill or similar community and integrating adults with learning difficulties into the farm work would be helpful. Working as part of the Society’s Executive Team, you will lead the day-to-day agricultural work with our agricultural team which includes the Farm Director, volunteers and co-workers.
Self-contained accommodation suitable for an individual or a couple comes with the position as does breakfast and lunch. There are other opportunities on the farm in the garden, the kitchen, education and working with adults with learning difficulties which may suit a partner. It is also possible to accommodate a family but this will need discussion.
Remuneration can be discussed depending on individual circumstances, but we generally pay the National Living Wage when accommodation is included.
An application with CV is required by April 11th 2017 with interviews later in the month for a mid-June start.
For further information please contact Spencer Christy (Farm Director)
Tel: +44 (0) 1621 788348 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Post: Lauriston Farm Limited, Lauriston Farm, Goldhanger, Essex CM9 8AH, UK